How Many Soldiers Died in the Vietnam War?
In the course of the Vietnam War, 58,220 American soldiers died or were missing and presumed dead. Of these, over two-thirds died between 1967 and 1969.
In the war as a whole, 444,000 Communist soldiers and 225,000 American-allied soldiers were killed. In addition, it is estimated that 587,000 Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian civilians died in the war.
After the American withdrawal in 1975, the civilians of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia continued dying. Between 1 and 3 million died in Cambodia’s Killing Fields, while hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese died fleeing by land, in re-education camps, at sea or at the hands of the Hanoi government.